By Dennis Atwood - email@example.com
WOODSTOCK -- If there were a sports version of the Geneva Convention, the Randolph-Macon Academy Yellow Jackets' 69-6 annihilation of the Massanutten Military Academy Colonels in girls basketball on Monday night would have violated many of its provisions.
The Colonels felt a lot of pain without the services of their leading scorer and floor leader, junior point guard Chelsea Olverholser, who had an injured ankle.
The Yellow Jackets' subs got to play more than half of the game, which should be advantageous in their stretch drive to the end of the regular season.
"[The extra playing time] really helps the team because there are no seniors on the team, so next year, we'll be even better, hopefully," Yellow Jackets junior point guard Erin Dullahan said.
Randolph-Macon, now 12-0, continues in first place in Division II of the Delaney Athletic Conference.
Massanutten's winless streak was extended to 16.
Junior Kiki Saa hit a turnaround baseline jumper, just more than two minutes into the game, for the Colonels' first score.
It was their last score until Silia Applin made two consecutive offensive rebound putbacks with less than three minutes remaining on the game clock to triple Massanutten's total to six points.
All but one player on the Randolph-Macon squad made it into the scorebook.
Junior guard Kalie Plasier led the Yellow Jackets with 18 points on 9-of-13 field-goal shooting, followed by freshman point guard Anastasia Voellm with 10 points and Jamie Snyder with eight.
"I haven't seen a game like this one this season," Plasier said. "We continued to work on our established set plays. But every possession was a new possession. It felt nice to win by that much."
Leading 66-6, the Yellow Jackets got possession with five seconds remaining. Junior Christine Black launched a shot from just across the half-court line as the last second ticked off.
The ball spun around the rim twice, popped out, hit the backboard and went through the hoop for a 3-pointer -- clearly a flagrant violation of that fantasy sports Geneva Convention.
"I knew there was five seconds left when we got possession," Black said. "When I crossed the [half-court] line I figured the clock was running out, so I just heaved it. I think it bounced out and back in, but I'm not sure. It was just a big adrenaline rush."
Randolph-Macon hosts one of its toughest opponents, Delaney rival Quantico, today. The Yellow Jackets have seven games remaining on their regular-season schedule.
"They were playing a 1-2-2 [defense] for a bit, which is what we had some problems with against Fredericksburg last week," Yellow Jackets coach George Amos said. "So we tried to run those plays to the best of our ability -- not new plays, just to see how they worked. Everybody got a chance to play and everybody but one scored."